BMW brings back CSL nameplate to take the place of GTS badge

Article by Christian A., on September 21, 2017

We all know of the standard M4 and the more powerful M4 GTS model, but in between those two models is the newest M4 CS. The CS trim comes with 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts), that lets it hit its top speed of 174 miles per hour (280 kilometers per hour). By far, it is the most fun Coupe Sport model in BMW’s lineup.

Frank Van Meel, boss of BMW M, said in his interview with Road & Track that they are planning to revive the CSL or the Coupe Sport Light, badge. Having said that, the CSL will replace the current GTS and will become the range topping model. They will also be replacing the GTS badge with the new CSL badge. The CSL will be made for the track but it will still get a number plate.

The CSL will not just get a new badge but it will also be given sportier elements including sticky cup tires, a coilover suspension, a roll cage, and a fire extinguisher, just in case the driver will be needing one. The CSL will be the range topping model in the M variant, with more power, while the lower CS trim focuses more on comfort. According to Van Meel, the CS will perform like a track car but it has four seats instead of two.

It is too early to tell which models will be given the CSL badge, since the company has not confirmed anything yet. However, rumours say that it might be the M2 that would get the CS variant first, by January next year. Also, it may just be limited to 1,000 examples worldwide, at least for the CS model. Later on, we can expect a CSL variant of the M2 that is even more powerful, giving out 408 horsepower (304 kilowatts). That is a huge increase compared to the current M2 that delivers as much as 365 horsepower (272 kilowatts).

Other candidates that may get the CSL designation include the X5 M. Other M models, whether they are the four door sedans or the two door coupes, could also get the same CSL designation. For now, we will just have to see which models will get the designation first.

Going back in time, there were only two BMW models that have worn the CSL badge. One would be the 3.0 CSL from 1971 to 1975, while the other one is the E46 M3 CSL from 2013. CSL enthusiasts must be excited about the return of the CSL, but this also adds pressure to BMW as they have to make sure to keep up with the standard of the previous CSL models.

Source: Road&track.com
Topics: bmw, gts, sports car

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